UW Farm Talk & Tour

UW Farm Talk & Tour

Monday, August 7, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm

The UW Farm is a campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability. It is an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes. Take this free class and learn about the farm and its history, who works there, and what they produce, followed by a brief tour of the farm site at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

The tour is free, but pre-registration is requested. $5 donation requested at door.

Register online at http://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/UW-Farm-Talk-Tour-P1550C265.aspx


Using Native Plants in the Landscape

Using Native Plants in the Landscape

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 8:30am-12:00pm

This class is designed for professionals working in the landscape field. However, anyone is welcome to attend.

From conservation landscapes to fine gardens, our local flora plays a vital role in habitat preservation, landscape functions, aesthetics and regional character.  In the time since David Douglas’ plant expeditions in the early 1800’s, some 240 species of our west coast native plants have been mainstays in cultivated gardens in Britain and Europe.  This class will explore the cultivation and design uses of different types of Puget Sound native plants and native plant cultivars in a variety of landscape settings and styles.  Valuable information on gardening near and preserving mature native trees will also be covered.

Taught by Christina Pfeiffer, Horticulture Consultant

Cost: $65

Register at http://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/Using-Native-Plants-in-the-Landscape-P1496C268.aspx


West Seattle Garden Tour

The 23rd annual West Seattle Garden Tour will feature 10 stunning private gardens, and shine a spotlight on one of West Seattle’s beautiful P-Patches. From waterside gardens with sweeping views of Puget Sound to pocket-sized tribute gardens rich with emotion and personal history, the variety of gardens on this year’s tour will offer something special for every gardener looking for a little inspiration.

Annually West Seattle Garden Tour donates net proceeds, about $25,000, to other non-profits promoting horticultural-based interests, education, and artistic endeavors. The 2017 beneficiaries are City Fruit, ArtsWest, West Seattle Bee Garden, Pianos in the Parks, Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.

Arboretum Spring Plant Sale

Don’t miss this charming plant sale at the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum! Enjoy a stroll in Seattle’s premier public garden while it’s in peak bloom, and then buy beautiful, high-quality plants for your own garden. All sales support the maintenance and kids’ education programs at the Arboretum.

Composting Processes and Methods

Please join us for this one-hour composting course, which will provide an overview for those who wish to learn about the do’s and don’t’s to composting at home. In addition, it will offer effective ways to build compost bins in your own backyard for the added benefit of providing healthy soil amendments (i.e. compost to your garden). All are welcome, whether your experience is limited or more advanced, we have something to offer in sharing our knowledge on living more sustainably. Free, with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

Native Plant 101: Identification and Gardening

Come to UW’s Union Bay Natural Area to learn how to identify some of our native Washington plants!  We’ll cover several of our common native plants as well as their growth preferences and how to best incorporate them into your garden at home.  This class will include a walk around the Union Bay Natural Area to look at examples of native plants. Free, with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

Art and Nature: Seedlings and Watercolors

Learn about native seedling development and growth while also taking time to observe the individuality of our native plants by painting them with water colors!  We will cover how native seeds germinate and grow as well as have time to use water colors to catch the fine details of young native plants.  This class includes taking home a native plant seedling at the end of the class as well as any painting you make. Children are welcome, but class content will be geared towards an adult audience. Free, with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

Green Shores for Homes Training Program

Wednesday-Thursday, May 31-June 1, 8:30am-4pm

This two-day workshop provides participants with in-depth knowledge about how the Green Shores credit and rating systems can be used to improve the quality of shoreline management projects. Green Shores for Homes is a voluntary program similar to green building rating programs such as Built Green and LEED with a focus on waterfront properties. A residential project receives points for design features.

The content is of interest to professionals (biologists, engineers, planners, landscape architects) and contractors, local and regional government staff, and others seeking to implement the Green Shores program for a shoreline improvement, new design or development, or other related shoreline projects.

The first day of the workshop begins with a review of shoreline ecosystems including threats and issues, management and restoration strategies, and regulatory structures in place. The Green Shores program, including benefits to stakeholders, steps for implementation, and credit systems, are also covered. The second day of the workshop focuses on application of the Green Shores credit and ratings systems through a series of desktop and field exercises. The workshop concludes with a guided group discussion around how to implement key concepts and put new learning into practice.

Gardening with the Seasons: Summer

Wednesday, June 14, 7-8:30pm

Summer brings an abundance of growth and blooms…and sometimes garden problems.  Managing weeds and irrigation are prime targets for attention at this time of year.  Time saving tips for pro-active garden care will help gardeners have more time to enjoy their gardens.  Key topics will include care of seasonal containers, watering practices, potential weed and pest problems to be aware of, and specialized pruning practices for the season.

About this series:
Plants and gardens don’t live by the written calendar, but by the seasonal cycles and cues of changes in daylight, temperature, and moisture.  When gardeners become acquainted with the seasonal rhythms and life cycles in the garden, and learn to work in sync with nature, caring for the garden becomes more of a process and less of a battle with potential garden enemies. This series will help beginning and seasoned gardeners learn how to capitalize on optimal timing and sustainable practices to have a great garden all year long.

Seattle Central culinary student launches gardening program in the middle of Pike/Pine

IMG_0951Trey Philpot is wearing overalls. He is also merging the gap between biology and culinary students and inviting anybody else who wants to learn about urban gardening to join him at the Seattle Central’s Plant Sciences Lab on Boylston Ave.

Philpot, who grew up gardening in his hometown of Greenville, Alabama, began culinary school at Seattle Central in January. Shortly after starting, he launched Green Thumbs Up as a way to bridge the gap between growing food and cooking it.

“I found out that a lot of culinary students have no gardening experience at all,” Philpot said. “They’re from the city, from a place where that wasn’t something that they did.” Continue reading